2 Reasons to Wait for the PS5 and 3 Reasons Not To

Should you buy the PS4 in early 2018 or wait for the PS5? We’ll walk through what you need to know before you make the decision to buy a new console this year or wait for the PlayStation 5 release date and new features.

It’s easy to get sucked into waiting for the next big thing, like the PS5, and there are some good reasons to wait, but for most shoppers, there is not enough concrete information to wait for the PS5.

The PS4 is just over four years old and the PS4 Pro is a little over year old. The Xbox One X arrived just a few months ago, pulling ahead of the PS4 Pro in power and leaving many wondering if a 2018 PS5 release date is in the cards. This is as close to a new Microsoft console as we’ve seen in several years and is generating interest in what Sony will do. Sony delivers an incredible selection of exclusive games and owns a lot of market share, leaving a lot of consumers looking for the PlayStation 5.

PS5 Rumor Roundup

When speaking about the PS4 and PS4 Pro games at E3 2017 Shawn Layden, the head Sony Interactive Entertainment in North America, confirmed that the is a PlayStation 5 coming, or at least a new PS5 like device. Layden told Golem.de that the PS4 will run all PS4 Pro games, but when questioned he said there will probably be some games that only work on a new device. The article is translated from German and Layden never specifically mentions the PS5 by name, but it’s clear Sony is working on the new PlayStation.

One new factor in 2018 is that the PS4 sales are down by 700,000 units compared to a year ago, which may signal a slowdown to the overall trend of the PS4 which is facing a bigger challenge from the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One X. Still, this is not a sign that a PS5 release date is planned for this fall. Sony’s PS4 Pro gives the company more time before a totally new console. In fact the PS5 release date may be at least two years out. Michael Pachter predicts the PS5 release date may come in 2020.

If these dates are true, the earliest you will hear Sony officially mention a PS5 is at E3 2019, where they could tease the new console. This could impact sales of existing consoles in the 2019 holiday period, but arguably many people who will buy a PS5 on release day already own a PS4 or Xbox One.

The PS5 could come with a new Horizon Zero Dawn installment, Death Stranding, The Last of Us:Part 2, FIFA 21, Madden 21 and arrive in time to get the next Sledgehammer led Call of Duty game.

We don’t have any details on the potential PS5 price, specs or power and don’t expect to get much reliable info on these through leaks until late this year or early next.

With all of this in mind, this is why you should wait for the PS5, and why you should go ahead and buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro in 2018.

Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

Perhaps the best reason to wait for the PS5 is that you already own the Xbox One or the PS4. 

If you fall into this category you already have access to the most popular games and you will for years to come. Sony already confirmed that the PS4 Pro games will look better on the PS4 Pro, but won't be exclusive to the newer model. If you own the Xbox One, you're in the same boat, as all games will work on the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, with only graphical differences. 

These consoles are very capable and have a long life left when it comes to games, accessories, updates and app support. Sony and third parties typically support the old console for at least two years after the new model comes out, so you'll be able to play all the games up through the PS5 release date and for another year or two. That means you can even wait for price drops. 

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